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The restoration of a lasting peace in Mali is essential for long term stability in the Sahel region and in a broader sense for Africa and Europe.
At the request of the Malian Government and on the basis of UN resolutions, in particular the UN Security Council Resolution 2085, the Member States of the European Union agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF), in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The First Mandate for the EU-Training Mission in Mali was established in February 2013. We are now at the beginning Mandate 4, which will last until May 2020.''


Our mission


n order to continue providing military training and advice to the Malian Armed Forces the Council of the European Union decided on 23 March 2016, EUTM Mali`s Fourth Mandate, which will last until 18 May 2020. EUTM Mali will train, advice and educate the MaAF under the control of legitimate civilian authorities, in order to contribute to the restauration of their military capacity with a view to enabling them to conduct military operations aiming at restoring Malian territorial integrity, protecting the population and reducing the threat posed by terrorist groups.
Within the decision for Mandate Three the mission area was extended including also G5S JF Sector HQ in Niger, Chad and Mauritania, ingress and egress Lines of Communications from the nearest airports and those partners’ compounds IVO G5S JF Sector HQ which provide support to EUTM Mali.


UTM Mali is a ‘non-executive mission’, that is to say, the deployed servicemen and women do not participate in combat activities and do not accompany the Malian units in operations.

During Mandate 4th EUTM Mali will continue the activities in Mali IOT support MAF, to embed trainers, advisers and mentors in MaAF institutions and higher level HQs, to carry out decentralised activities in G5S JF at HQ level (moving to permanent presence in the General HQ of Sévaré) and to support the establishment of self-sustainable MAF and an operational G5S JF.

EUTM Mali`s Fourth Mandate consists of 4 phases: Shaping, Decentralized presence, Decentralized G5S JF Sector HQ and Transfer of Authority.

Currently 27 countries are participating in the mission. Overall, approximately 575 servicemen and women are deployed in EUTM Mali. The mission is led by Brigadier General Enrique Millán Martínez (Spain).

European Union Training Mission Mali


EUTM Mali is designed to:


  • Deliver advice to the Ministry of Defence and Malian Armed Forces (MAF) authorities and staff, military education and training to the MAF, in order to support the Malian authorities to reach a self-sustainable MAF able to contribute to the defence of the Malian territory and to the protection of the Malian population
  • Support to the G5 Sahel process through dedicated advice and training support for the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.


EUTM Mali develops its activities throughout its mission area which comprises the administrative limits of Segou, Kati, Kayes, Sevare and Sikasso Malian Military Regions, as well as the Niger River loop and Timbuktu and Gao cities. It also includes G5S Joint Force Sector HQ in Niger, Chad and Mauritania.


EUTM Mali is a non-executive military mission and therefore it does not participate in combat operations.

Our objectives


EUTM strategic objectives are to:


  • Contribute improving the capacity of MAF under the full control of political authorities in view to:
    • Consolidate the operational and strategic improvements of the MAF obtained with the support of EUTM Mali;
    • Contribute to the political and security stabilisation of Mali, through the technical support to the implementation of the Agreement
    • Support the “restoration” of state control, Rule of Law and Order over the whole territory of Mali


  • Support the G5 Sahel, through the operationalisation of the G5S Joint Force with a view to strengthen regional cooperation to address security threats in the region, notably terrorism and all forms of trafficking, including human trafficking.

To reach these objectives EUTM Mali articulates its activities into 4 pillars:


  • Training the Malian Armed Forces troops
  • Advising the Malian Armed Forces and G5 Sahel Joint Force staffs
  • Education, contribution to Malian Armed Forces schools
  • Advising and education to G5 Sahel Joint Force staffs

The EUTM headquarters is located in Bamako. The Training Camp, in Koulikoro, is located 60 km northeast of Bamako and is the home of the Education and Training Task Force. Additionally, EUTM Mali will also conduct decentralised training within “Combined Mobile Advisory and Training Team” (CMATT).

In Brussels, the mission established a support cell in order to liaise to the different branches of the European External Affairs Service (EEAS), and the respective officials within the Common Defence and Security Policy of the European Union.

*21 European States (EU members):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom.

4 European countries (not members of the EU): Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania.





Born in 1961, Enrique Millán Martínez joined the Spanish Armed Forces in 1980, attending the Army Officers Military Academy in Zaragoza. Trained in the specialised command of mountain troops in 1985, he served as a Lieutenant based in the Pyrenees, in Aragon, in Catalonia, and the Basque Country. Subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain, he commanded an Engineer Company in San Sebastian (1989-1991). In 1991, he successfully completed the Army Signals course, and took command of the Royal Guard’s Signals Company, in Madrid.

In August 1994, Captain Millán deployed for twelve months to the Balkans, as a United Nations Military Observer (UNMO), with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), as member of a team of military observers in Zénica (Bosnia Herzegovina). He then served an additional six months, in the G6 branch at the UNMO mission Headquarters in Zagreb (Croatia).

Between 1996 and 1998, he completed the Spanish Army General Staff course, promoting to Major on graduation, where-after he joined the Army Signals Command, as a general staff officer. Between August 2002 and July 2003, he attended the UK´s Joint Command and Staff course (JCSC), where he concurrently studied and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from King´s College London. In July 2003, he became an analyst of international affairs, at the Army General Staff, in Madrid.

In December 2005, still at the rank of Major, he returned to Bosnia, joining the European Union’s Operation ALTHEA. For these six months, he was based in Sarajevo, in the Operations Centre, at the EUFOR mission Headquarters.

Between 2006 and 2009, now as Lieutenant-colonel, he held the post of SO1 G5 at the Headquarters of the Eurocorps, in Strasbourg, France. On returning to Spain, he rejoined the Spanish Army General Staff.

In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan for five months as a G5 Plans Officer in the Headquarters Regional Command West, based in Herat, as part of the NATO ISAF mission.

Between December 2012 and December 2014, Colonel Millán commanded the 1st Signals Regiment, in Burgos; a unit dedicated to operating communications and information systems at the tactical level.

Since promoting to Brigadier General in February 2016, he has commanded the Sub-directorate for network operations of the Army Communications, Information Systems and Technical Assistance Command, until December 2017.

Brigadier General Millán speaks English and French. He holds deployment medals from the UN, the EU, NATO and France. He has been married now for 24 years, and he is father of two sons and one daughter.

He took command of the European Union Training Mission Mali (EUTM-Mali) at the end of January 2018.

201210 December 2012: approval of the crisis management concept by the European Union.

  • 24 December 2012: official request for support of the President of the Republic of Mali to the European Union.

201317 January 2013: founding of EUTM Mali and appointment of Brigadier-General Lecointre (France) as the Commander of the mission.

  • 08 February 2013: Arrival of first soldiers of EUTM Mali
  • 18 February 2013: official start of EUTM in Brussels.
  • 20 February 2013: official start of EUTM in Bamako.
  • 05 April to 07 June 2013: training of the first Malian GTIA “WARABA”.
  • 07 July to 14 September 2013: training of the second GTIA “ELOU”
  • 01 August 2013: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Lecointre (France) to Brigadier-General Guibert (France).
  • 23 October 2013: Training of the third Malian GTIA “SIGUI”
  • 16 December 2013: First course “Train the trainers” (TTT).

2014 01 January to 18 March 2014: training of the fourth Malian GTIA “BALANZAN”.

  • 31 March 2014: Refresher training of the GTIA “WARABA”
  • 01 April 2014: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Guibert to Brigadier-General Rudkiewicz (France).
  • 05 May to 24 August 2014: training of the fifth Malian GTIA “DEBO”.
  • 18 May 2014: extension of the Mission until May 2016.
  • 06 August 2014: First Staff Officer course.
  • 01 September 2014: First Company Commander Course.
  • 29 September 2014: Refresher training of second GTIA “ELOU”.
  • 24 October 2014: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Rudkiewicz (France) to Brigadier-General García Vaquero (Spain).
  • 24 November 2015: Training of the sixth Malian GTIA “Al FAROUK”.

2015 16 March 2015: The fourth Malian GTIA BALANZAN refresher training.

  • 07 April 2015: Training the first cadets at the Military Academy.
  • 29 June 2015: Special Weapons Instructor Course.
  • 01 July 2015: First Sergeant Course.
  • 28 July 2015: Passing the mission lead by Brigadier-General García Vaquero (Spain) to Brigadier-General Pfrengle (Germany).
  • 31 August 2015: Repetition training of fifth GTIA “DEBO”.
  • 17 September 2015: First visit of the President of the Republic of Mali on EUTM Mali in Koulikoro.
  • 12 October 2015: Training of the seventh GTIA, while first-time participation in a company of the Gendarmerie.
  • 18 December 2015: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Pfrengle (Germany) to Brigadier-General Albl (Germany).

2016 11 January 2016: Training by the units of the 32nd infantry regiment in Kati.

  • 11 January 2016: Training by the units of the 33rd Regiment of paratroopers in Bamako.
  • 15 February 2016: Start of training GTIA 8.
  • 23 March 2016: Decision of the Council of the European Union for Mandate Three with duration until 18 May 2018.
  • 19 May 2016: Beginning of the Third Mandate.
  • 11 June – 15 July 2016: CMATT 1 – Segou.
  • 03 July 2016: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Albl (Germany) to Brigadier-General Harvent (Belgium).
  • 18 July 2016: First G5 SAHEL Liaison Officer Course.
  • 24 October -16 December 2016: CMATT 2 – Kati.
  • 19 December 2016: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Harvent (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Peter Devogelaere (Belgium).

201713 February – 28 April 2017: CMATT 3 – Segou.

  • 17 February – 13 March 2017: CMATT 4 – Gao.
  • 22 May to 21 June 2017: CMATT 5 – Sikasso.
  • 12 July 2017: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Peter Devogelaere (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Bart Laurent (Belgium).
  • 25 July – 23 August 2017: CMATT 6 – Gao.
  • 29 August – 18 September 2017: CMATT 7 – Timbuktu.
  • 25 September 2017: G5Sahel Course General Staff Course.
  • 25 October – 17 Novembre 2017: CMATT 8 – Kayes (Successful implementation of the ‘Train The Trainers Concept).
  • 26 November – 22 December 2017: CMATT 9 – Sévaré.

2018 08 January 2018: Start of CIMIC Course

  • 15 January 2018: Start of 6th Company Commanders Course (CCC)
  • 15 January 2018: Start of EMIA Leadership Course
  • 20 January 2018: The new Malian Armed Forces Joint Operational Centre (COIA) officially inaugurated
  • 20 January 2018: Second series of military doctrine documents officially handed over
  • 20 January 2018: Donation of the prototype Role 1 Medical Treatment Facility (MTF)
  • 22 January – 03 March 2018: CMATT 10 – Sikasso
  • 29 January – 23 February 2018: Conseil Superieur des Centres de Operations 1 (CSCO1)
  • 31 January 2018: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Bart Laurent (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Enrique Millan (Spain)

2018 05 February – 03 May 2018: TACP Basic Course

  • 12 February – 24 March 2018: Signal Instructor Course
  • 12 February – 23 March 2018: Topography Instructor Course
  • 12 February – 23 February 2018: Log Storekeeper Course
  • 05 March – 24 May 2018: FUSCO Course
  • 03 April – 27 April 2018: CMATT Kati
  • 09 April – 18 May 2018: Basic Military Search Course (BMS)
  • 23 April – 11 May 2018: Log Mechanic Course
  • 07 May – 27 May 2018: Company Commander Course 7 (CCC7)
  • 14 May – 24 May 2018: GIS Course
  • 14 May – 24 May 2018: Logistic Store Course
  • 14 May 2018: Decision of the Council of the European Union for Mandate Four with duration until 18 May 2020.
  • 19 May 2018: Beginning of the Fourth Mandate
  • 21 May – 29 June 2018: Signal Instructor Course
  • 21 May – 29 June 2018: Topography Instructor Course
  • 04 June – 28 June 2018: Basic Military Search (BMS) Instructor Course
  • 04 June – 06 July 2018: CMATT 12 – Segou
  • 11 June – 23 June 2018: NCO School Course
  • 02 July – 06 July 2018: Basic Military Search (BMS) Course

In order to enhance leadership skills in the MaAF, leadership education and training, especially for the junior and middle leadership, appears crucial.
The Mission aims to develop the military education system by integrating EUTM instructors into the officer and non-commissioned officer school, in order to improve the authority, legitimacy, actions and behaviour of each MaAF leader.
The main focus lies on legal and leadership skills education, tactical and strategical education, training planning process, basic military principles and International Humanitarian Law.

Since 2013, EUTM Mali has successfully trained 8 Battlegroups whereas 5 Battlegroups have been retrained. Additionally, several Leadership Courses as well as Specialised Training Courses took place. In total, more than 11500 soldiers have been trained by EUTM Mali which represents approximately 1/3 of the Malian Army.
In order to transition to an autonomous Malian Armed Forces training in the future, EUTM will concentrate on a gradual “Train the Trainer” and “Monitor the Trainer” approach focusing on Malian Armed Forces leaders mainly in the military region headquarter garrisons, Malian military schools or at the EUTM Training Centre in Koulikoro.

EUTM Mali provides advice at both, strategic and regional level, to the Ministry of Defence, Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) authorities and to military headquarters in the military region garrisons in support of to the implementation of the structural reforms encompassed in the Defence Programming Law. Additionally, the Mission assists the MaAF in assessing the implementation of the reform.
French-speaking, multi-disciplinary, military advisors share their experience and expertise with their Malian counterparts in the domains of human resources management, logistics, intelligence, conduct of operations, information systems, finances and planning.

At Koulikoro Training Centre, the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF) will offer special courses to Malian Armed Forces, such as:
– Sharpshooter training.
– Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Training.
– Mortar and Artillery training.
– Commando training.
– And many others

Previously, decentralised and specialised training courses for the leadership of the Malian armed forces have been held.
This training could be conducted centrally in the future, if required. Experience shows that the company commanders are a decisive factor in the success of operations. Therefore it is proposed that future Malian company commanders participate in a 12 week long course consisting of the following basic topics that will be taught by the instructors of EUTM Mali include:
– Medical planning,
– Shooting training,
– Management of the unit (in various tactical situations),
– Request for fire support (e.g., artillery).
To best prepare the aspiring leaders for their demanding tasks, the Malian officers attend lessons in leadership, as well as in international humanitarian law training.

This type of course, which lasts from four to twelve weeks depending on MaAF requirements, ensures that future Malian instructors are trained to independently plan and deliver high-quality training in their home unit locations. The TTT (Train The Trainer) approach is used in all our training and advising efforts both in centralised in KTC and/or during a CMATT deployment.

The focus of the course is on methods of instruction, as well as the preparation and planning of teaching and practical training.

The respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law is an essential part of EUTM training, delivered by highly-qualified staff.

The education includes a basic understanding of humanity, distinction, proportionality and military necessity as core principles. Additionally, a knowledge of measures and procedures, required in dealing with protected sites and persons such as, capture, transfer and treatment of prisoners, identification and treatment of children in armed conflicts, Rules of Engagement, self-defence, the protection of women and prevention of sexual violence, as well as handling of refugees and internally displaced persons, is of utmost importance and therefore part of the IHL education.

Consult the factsheet by clicking on the link below.

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Locations to EUTM Mali

Bamako advice activities

The staff of EUTM Mali is located in Bamako. It also includes advisors of the ATF (Advisory Task Force) who bring their expertise to the General Staff of the MaAF. This represents nearly 150 people.

It’s in the training center of Kolikoro that the main contingent of EUTM Mali is found with more than 400 soldiers. This is where an important part of the training for the MaAF takes place. It’s also the instructors based in Koulikoro who deliver the training in the Military Regions within the framework of the CMATT.

The 3rd  mandate of EUTM Mali includes an extension of the engagement zone to the Niger loop and includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao. The objective is to deliver training and advice within the Military Regions, where the MaAF express this need. EUTM Mali has already organized 5 decentralized formations called CMATT (Combined Mobile Advisory & Training Team): two in Segou, one in Kati, one in Gao and one in Sikasso.